How to Retrain your Brain and Think yourself Thin
Dieting doesn’t have to be difficult. The power of positive thinking can help you to make a permanent lifestyle change and lose the weight for good.
There’s something about the start of the new year that inspires and motivates people to take action and try to achieve their goals. For many people this means getting healthy and losing weight, and weight loss is almost always top of the list when it comes to the most popular new year’s resolutions.
However, while we may be full of good intentions on 1 January, the reality of dieting soon kicks in, and with research claiming that the majority of people find it difficult to stick to a diet for more than one week, it seems that we could be doomed to failure.
We all know the key tenets of weight loss – exercising more, eating fewer calories, avoiding ‘bad’ foods – but in reality, this is often a lot harder than it sounds. And, according to some experts, the reason for this could lie in our brains.
All in the Mind?
After five years, more than a third of dieters regain the weight they originally lost – plus some more on top! Scientists put this down to the brain fighting back against the perceived threat of starvation by adjusting people’s activity and hunger levels. However, while this may be an obstacle to weight loss, it is not an insurmountable one; with the right support you can harness the power of your mind and retrain your brain to help you to achieve your dieting goals.
A positive mindset is vitally important if you want to be successful in your weight loss efforts. Unfortunately, we often approach weight loss and dieting with a negative mindset, which can have a detrimental effect and ultimately become a self-fulfilling prophecy. What’s more, too much stress and worry can generate the production of the hormone cortisol, which increases the distribution of fat around your middle. So, instead of viewing your diet as a punishing ordeal to be endured, try to adopt a positive attitude, practice self-care and self-respect, and visualise yourself achieving your goals.
Set the Right Goals
Speaking of goals, it’s important to set yourself the right ones. By setting your sights too high and putting yourself under too much pressure, you could be setting yourself up to fail. Rather than aiming for one big goal, set yourself a number of smaller, more achievable targets that will help you to chart your progress and stay on track. You’ll be surprised how quickly small successes add up to big results.
Call in the Experts
Positive thinking can undoubtedly have a big impact on the success of your diet, but if you feel you need a little more help, you might want to ask the experts. Hypnotherapy for weight loss is the latest dieting trend and it has thousands of satisfied clients that swear to its success. Combining therapeutic approaches, such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, with visualisations and weight loss hypnosis, this form of treatment aims to retrain clients’ cognitive thinking and permanently change their relationship with food for the better.
Dieting doesn’t have to be difficult. The power of the mind is a wonderful thing and, when harnessed properly, it can help you to make a long-term lifestyle change and shift the weight for good.